Welcome to Boise, Idaho, the last great place in the American West—where housing remains affordable, Western culture still thrives, and access to the nation’s wildest state begins within city limits. -National Geographic Adventure
If actions speak louder than words, then Boise isn’t just talking; it’s screaming adventure, culture, and urban energy! With a mixture of both upscale and unique shopping and dining, variety of cultural venues, lively downtown, and easy access to outdoor sports of all kind, Boise is a city where Country Mouse and City Mouse can live together and bury the hatchet. Boise has it all.
Situated at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise is Idaho’s state capital and largest metropolitan area with a population of roughly 210,000 people and all the perks of a big city and University town. What sets this capital apart though is that it is simultaneously as much playground as urban metropolis with it’s concentration of within-city-limits outdoor activity, active art scene, and variety of nightlife and entertainment options.
Get in an early morning run along the Greenbelt before a day at the office, and then plan a weekend kayaking trip on the nearby Payette River while you enjoy the world’s most fantastic nachos at the Reef. Or grab some fresh local produce at the Boise Farmer’s Market to take along as you spend the day mountain biking in the foothills; ending the evening with live music and ethnic food on 8th Street. Endless possibilities are a trademark of the City of Trees; as well as affordable housing, low crime rate, and employment opportunities!
But should you have nomadic tendencies to satisfy, Boise is a well-connected hub for travel; resting halfway between Portland and Salt Lake City and through flyer-friendly Boise Airport. Daily, non-stop flights are available to cities all over the US.
Boise also possesses a rare diversity of lifestyles and personalities among it’s locals; who all come together to build a harmonious and accepting community. Whether mountain man, businessman, sports enthusiast, or all of the above; residents value the choice to live life as they choose and extend that freedom to others. This medley of individuality transcends the physical boundaries of Boise and cultivates a society where the hip university student and retired potato farmer both feel that they belong.
The weather is another hard-to-beat Boise feature; dry and sunny more than 230 days of the year, but with enough snow to generously dust Bogus Basin with powder for the ski season. Boise enjoys all four seasons, but temperatures are mild and each season brings it’s own charm and unique opportunities for events and adventure.
Why Pick Boise?
But don’t just take our word for it! Here are a few things that others have had to say about Boise over the past few years.
- #1 Best Overall Town in Western U.S. – Outside Magazine
- #1 Adventure City – National Geographic Adventure
- #1 Mountain Biking Town – Bike Magazine
- #2 Best Places for Business and Careers – Forbes Magazine
- #3 Top Places to Retire – CNN
- #4 Best City to Live, Work, and Play – Kiplinger